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The Te of Piglet
     

The Te of Piglet

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by Benjamin Hoff
 

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The Te of Piglet . . . in which a good deal of Taoist wisdom is revealed through the character and actions of A. A. Milne's Piglet. Piglet? Yes, Piglet. For the better than impulsive Tigger? or the gloomy Eeyore? or the intellectual Owl? or even the lovable Pooh? Piglet herein demonstrates a very important principle of Taoism: The Te--a Chinese word

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The Te of Piglet . . . in which a good deal of Taoist wisdom is revealed through the character and actions of A. A. Milne's Piglet. Piglet? Yes, Piglet. For the better than impulsive Tigger? or the gloomy Eeyore? or the intellectual Owl? or even the lovable Pooh? Piglet herein demonstrates a very important principle of Taoism: The Te--a Chinese word meaning Virtue--of the Small. Happy 90th birthday (October 14th), to one of the world's most beloved icons of  literature, Winnie-the-Pooh! 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like Hoff's bestselling The Tao of Pooh , this more topical and sobering sequel uses characters from A. A. Milne's children's classics to illustrate the Taoist philosophy of living in harmony with nature. Piglet shows the Way, turning his smallness into an asset and embodying Te (pronounced deh ), the Chinese word for virtue. Illustrated with drawings from the original Pooh books and quoting liberally from them, this forceful New Age sermon condemns the rape of the environment, unsafe, unnecessary nuclear power plants, the bloated military budget, computers in the classroom, giant corporations, jingoist support for the Persian Gulf war and a succession of ``self-centered, ignoramus Conservative'' presidents. Hoff's tired attacks on the ``Negative News Media'' and on ``Eeyore Amazons'' who ``call themselves feminists but . . . don't like femininity'' weaken his presentation, but on the whole, his Taoist manifesto distills ageless personal and political wisdom, relaying an ecological message we ignore at our peril. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140230161
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/1993
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
114,931
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 11.04(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Benjamin Hoff grew up in a rural area a few miles from Portland, Oregon. As a child, he preferred to spend his time outdoors, observing animals, insects, and plants. And from an early age he loved to write. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller The Tao of Pooh and The Diary of Opal Whiteley.

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3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whereas the Tao of Pooh was an inspired attempt to bring Taoism to the masses via the timeless stories of Winnie the Pooh, the Te of Piglet fails to live up to its predesessor. The author spends more time complaining about modern Western culture and society, and far less time illustrating Taoist principles. I was looking forward to reading this after the Tao of Pooh, but I have to admit that I didn't enjoy it as well. There are still some interesting parts, but I can't give this book a high recommendation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I adore the work 'The Tao of Pooh'. I abhorred the sequel. I finished reading it not more than five minutes ago and was sorely disappointed. The author cites many bits of information that prove useful to a political diatribe without a single source reference for the reader. Te opines that the Kennedy Administration of the 1960s and the current (1990s) Chinese government were `enlightened¿ while `Conservatives¿ exist simply to trash the planet and kill each other while wrapped in the American Flag. Of all my readings and research of Taoism I have yet to encounter a work so poorly misguided in its application of fundamental principles of the Tao. This work should be classified under `Political Science¿, not under `Philosophy.¿ One word summary: sad.
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carlosmock More than 1 year ago
The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff comes ten years after The Tao of Pooh What a clever idea of using a children classic like AA Milne's Piglet to explain the basic principles of Taoism. The book does an outstanding job. I laughed out loud several times over the experiences the characters. If you'd like a quick dissertation of different philosophical views and personality styles, The Te of Piglet does so through the showcasing of piglet and his friends. This is a book for young and old alike... all will gain something from reading through the book. I'm surprised the religious right is not boycotting it!!!!
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I liked it better than the Tao of Pooh. Seemed to have more useful information.
ProfessionalBookNerd More than 1 year ago
This is a very well written book about Taoist philosophy. If I picked up this book thinking it was going to be a cute little Pooh book, I would be confused and disappointed. But for the reader interested in Taoism, this is a very entertaining, insightful, refreshing take on the philosophy. Same goes for Tao of Pooh.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is recommended reading for both U.S. presidential candidates, especially the guy up for re-election (and his supporters). One reviewer complained that this was an overly political book, but I found Hoff made a lot of sense when he criticized those who forget they're caretakers of the earth and people who are less fortunate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Early part of the book is the best. Does not capture the spirit of the Tao of Pooh. In the last third of the Te of Piglet the author is yelling about all things that displease him. Would have been better if he had concentrated on explaining the way rather than politics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Humble Piglet afraid of, well, everything. Yet went his braveness is required he'll just go for it! A heart warming, and awakening book to the fact that we are all small. But we all in some way exhibit the Te... Our Virtues and Power.